Faculty recognized for excellence
Four Kettering faculty were recognized for scholarly and teaching achievement by students and the Kettering/GMI Alumni Association.
The Kettering/GMI Alumni Association announced its Rodes Professorship and Outstanding Teaching Awards at Commencement June 19. Mark A. Palmer, associate professor of Industrial Manufacturing Engineering and Business, was given the Rodes Professorship, in recognition of scholarly achievement for his project "Environmentally Conscious Economically-Feasible Electronics Manufacturing. The award provides an opportunity for the continued development of the individual and carries with it a responsibility for sharing significant accomplishments.
Katie Jiang, professor of Mathematics, Greg Davis, professor of Mechanical Engineering, and Kathryn Svinarich, associate professor of Applied Physics, were recognized with Outstanding Teaching Awards. Andrew Borchers, associate professor of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering and Business, was also recognized for excellence in teaching at the graduate school level.
Faculty members are chosen to receive Outstanding Teaching Awards based on student nominations submitted to a review panel of the Alumni Association. The purpose of the award is to recognize intellectual integrity, inspirational qualities and effectiveness of teaching.
Katie Jiang, professor of Mathematics, was described by one student as "by far the best teacher I have ever had during my entire academic career." Another student said of Jiang "Her enthusiasm and the knowledge she possesses makes a student excited to learn about calculus or other subjects in math. I have never run into another math professor that is so organized."
Greg Davis, professor of Mechanical Engineering, was cited for his enthusiasm, thoroughness and knowledge. A student described Davis as a "strong mentor, giving great advice professionally and personally." Another student said, "Dr. Davis is not just an extraordinary professor; he is the standard that professors should be measured by."
Kathryn Svinarich, associate professor of Applied Physics, was recognized for "the manner and attitude in which she presents her subject. Not only does she care about each student, but she seeks ways to make a hard subject like Physics understandable." She was also described as "a wonderful example of a teacher who loves to teach."
Written by Dawn Hibbard